(Cleveland) - A former Lorain County corrections officer pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of deprivation of fights under color of law.

47-year-old Marlon Taylor of Vermilion was working as a corrections officer in Lorain County Jail on July 29, 2012, when he assaulted an inmate by striking him repeatedly, according to court documents.

These actions caused bodily injury to the inmate and deprived the inmate of the right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment.

“The vast majority of law enforcement officials do a great job,” U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach said. “When someone abuses the power and privileges of their office, however, they can and will be held accountable.”

“The acknowledgment of excessive force exhibited by a fellow officer in law enforcement is disconcerting,” said Stephen Anthony, SAC of the Cleveland office. “The public should be reminded that the vast majority of those serving within the criminal justice system do so with honor and integrity. Any allegation of abuse or excessive force involving law enforcement officers takes on a particular sense of urgency and will continue to be a priority for the FBI.”

Taylor is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 19.

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